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1300699 - What are the limitations of Crystal Reports Viewer?


  • Can a report based on a Business Views be viewed in Crystal Reports Viewer?
  • Can an old report created in Crystal Reports with saved data, be viewed in Crystal Reports Viewer?
  • What are the limitations of Crystal Reports Viewer, when viewing a report created in Crystal Reports?


  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2016


  • Crystal Reports Viewer is a free standalone application for Crystal Reports, in which you can:
    • View report with saved data, and
    • Refresh reports stored on the SAP BusinessObjects Repository, because the data connection is performed on the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform.
  • Below is a list of some of Crystal Reports Viewer limitations:
    • Reports based on Business Views, Universe, Crystal Dictionaries and Crystal Queries are not supported. 
    • Reports that uses User Function Library UFL in formula cannot be viewed.
    • Map will not display.
    • Dynamic Parameters is not supported, and will either display a static list of values or no values.
    • Optional parameters will show as Mandatory parameter.
    • etc...
  • For a complete list of Crystal Reports Viewer known limitations, and differences, see the following documents:


Cystal report viewer 2008, release note, business view manager , KBA , BI-RA-CRV , SAP Crystal Reports Viewer , Problem


Crystal Reports Viewer 2008 ; SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports viewer 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports viewer 2016